Manchester grad enjoys a “Super” Experience Taking Adams County patriotism to the state capitol John P Sininger Jo Ann Hayslip Harvey U Schrock Eunice G. Burgess Senior Profile: Kaulen St Michael Cox Racing returns to Brushcreek on April 2 Southern Hills Athletic Conference holds Winter Sports Awards ceremony Adams County provides multiple walking venues Adams County parks are tobacco-free Rhoads Memorial 5K Run/Walk is April 9 Peebles Elem. Staff of the Month Floyd E Maddy Raymond A Holt Derrick Poe Spencer E McFarland Mintie F Rogers Roberta Eylar Big Time Wrestling coming to NAHS Carl Tomlin CTC students help with storm clean-up Opening the door for high-tech jobs Jack R Slyger Thomas Stratton Jr Eastern Lady Warriors headed to Final Four Senior Profile: Logan Rogers Southern Hills Athletic Conference names 2016-17 All-Conference Basketball Teams Winchester PD continues assault on drugs Alonso joins Defender staff Sheriff to set up outpost in Manchester Johnson named OEDA Membership Chairperson Sherman E Young Ruth Jackman ‘Kitten Season’ comes to Ohio Manchester Council votes to disband PD Olde Wayside Inn under new management Two overdose on heroin Senior Profile: Ethan Parrett Adams/Brown Youth League holds postseason tourney Three nights of pain Furious rally falls short, Lady Devils again eliminated in Div. III district finals, 45-42 Oscar Moore Barbara J Finnegan Ohio Senate and House honor Miss Ohio USA Michael Eldridge Frances Towner Thelma R Williamson BREAKING NEWS: Manchester council votes to eliminate police department Before all dogs go to heaven Adaptive Bikes delivered in Adams County Adams County Junior Fair Market Hog Identification plans announced for 2017 Local couple takes ownership of two local businesses Jo Hanson to retire after nearly 50 years in banking Sierra Club, hero or villain? Greyhounds, Devils are runners-up in SHAC Tournaments Harold L Purdin Senior Profile: Jacob Wickerham 98-year old author publishes first book Early March storm packs destructive punch Jeeps rally in second half to end the Peebles season How about some post season awards? Thanks for all the great sports coverage PHS Principal hopes to expand students’ world view When spring becomes a promise Greg Lorenz Clay shoots the lights out, shoots down Greyhounds’ season Senior Profile: Savannah McFarland Devils put up a good fight, but fall to Portsmouth in sectional final, 50-43 Second half comeback sends Lady Devils to district finals for third straight year Butts honored by Southeast District Athletic Board North Adams Elementary holds Random Acts of Kindness Week Chester W Eyre BREAKING NEWS: March makes its entrance with force WUES kicks off Right to Read Week with guest readers WUHS students see Aronoff show on the life of Edgar Allan Poe Local high school seniors winners of Wendy’s Heisman Awards The emotions of a senior year Market Hog Clinic scheduled for March 4 Venture Hawks fall to Scioto County Senior Profile : Colton Thornburg Lady Dragons’ season ends with sectional loss to Lynchburg Devils advance in tourney with convincing win over West Union, will face Portsmouth for sectional title Wenstrup selected as Vice Chairman of House Armed Services Military Personnel Subcommittee Adams County 4-H Shooting Sports to hold fund raiser Linda M Howland Nellie B Hayslip Russell E Bailey Gladys M Perdue Commissioners meet in Columbus with DP&L CEO Tom Raga Missing the Dirtrollers The farms that aren’t forgotten Flora Hilderbran Commissioners to meet with DP&L officials New state graduation requirements called a ‘train wreck’ Catching up with Keller Senior Profile: Justin Knechtly Piketon size is too much for Lady Indians, Peebles falls in sectional finals Greyhounds grab Senior Night win Indians finish regular season riding six-game winning streak

I will remember this snuggle

It was a moment that may not have unfolded in the morning routine of most days. Getting six kids ready for school and myself ready for work normally looks like three hours of non-stop rushing. But in my recent efforts to make sure my kids know the value of faith, family, and friends over schedules, iPhones and YouTube, I stopped what I was doing and listened when my five-year-old walked into my bathroom when I was fixing my hair for work and asked if I’d sit down and hold her. My usual response might have been, ‘Not right now, I have to finish getting ready so I’m not late for work.’ But not today. This time I decided that my hair was good enough for today and my response was, “Of course I will.”

So we pulled out the chair that she normally uses to kneel on when brushing her teeth, and she climbed up on my lap and wrapped both arms and legs around me. I held her for a moment, and then caught a glimpse of wonderful in the mirror. In the image looking back at me, I saw her close her little eyes and take a deep breath to smell my shirt. And she smiled. It was a smile of contentment. Her sleepy little voice said, “Mama, when I miss you today, I’m going to think about how you smell and remember this snuggle.” So will I, baby girl. So will I.

In that moment that almost didn’t happen, I realized that what other people might think is cheap, vanilla, drug store perfume represents comfort, security, and love to my daughter. I realized that taking a few extra minutes out of my usual morning routine didn’t make a bit of difference to the rest of the world, but it meant the world to her. I went to work with my hair in a ponytail, but with a child that knew she was the most important thing in that moment. It only took a few minutes to make a memory.

Friends, I encourage you to take a few minutes out of your day today to slow down. Look people in the eye. Put the phone down. Turn off the television. Have a meal together. Smile more. You never know what kind of moments might unfold when a few moments of ‘rush’ are taken out of your day.

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Denae Jones

Contributing columnist

Denae Jones is a former teacher and the mother of six children. She and her husband Darrin reside in Bethel, where she is now a wealth management advisor.

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